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New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Nari Kannan

Leveraging Language, Cluster and the Cloud for Analytics

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I had the great opportunity a few days ago to learn about a fabulous open source programming language called R and a company called Revolution Analytics that helps you build, on top of R, many easy-to-use statistical analysis models and reporting.

R is a C-like language but dedicated to statistical computing. You can write a program in R to do a series of complex statistical calculations.

Revolution Analytics is a company that has built a number of pre-packaged programs in R that they call "Packages." Rather than everyone writing their own programs to do the same statistical calculations over and over again, Revolution Analytics packages do a lot of the work.

What's even more exciting is that these packages can be running on other machines in a cluster of inexpensive servers. What it enables you to do is to run large data sets through these packages on many servers at the same time and use the results.

Here is a video that teaches you some basics about what R is first:




Here Revolution Analytics shows how simply you can use of their packages to run a large data set to calculate a statistical measure, in parallel, on multiple inexpensive servers on a cluster.


Very powerful indeed!





This is a very exciting development in analytics, especially fpr those that are very involved and need analytic packages specially developed for them.

Here are some good examples of how people are using R and Revolution Analytics packages.

Here's an example of how Genomics Research is using them and another one in how a re-insurance company is using them  for actuarial purposes!

With grid computing they can acquire the processing power they need when they need it and only for how long they need it to run their calculations. - Norberto Fueyo

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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